It’s Friday here at the Boeing Company and at least I get to enjoy wearing jeans to work today. My paycheck arrived this morning and it is a depressing sight. If I pull out my trusty TI-85 it tells me that making $16.30 an hour and working 40 hours a week should total to $652 weekly earnings. That number does appear on my paycheck but not in the “net pay” box. After state and federal income taxes are deducted the company is also taking out money for taxes on my housing and travel reimbursements. Let’s just say that I got $400 this week and that isn’t too exciting. I sure do whine about money a lot these days.
One of the reasons I am worried about my finances is the fact that I want to take a trip next year between the end of the spring semester and the beginning of whatever work I can get. This year I had three weeks free and that would have been plenty of time to go somewhere really cool. Since I have so little to do at work recently I have been doing a little research on travel tours. Two places that I am dying to go are Egypt and Ireland. Yes, I realize that I can’t comfortably get to both of those destinations in less than three weeks, but one would be more than enough. There is a lot of time for me to plan (and find enough money for) an excursion such as that so we’ll have to see what happens.
I have also been doing some graduate school research in my spare time. I found the “US News and World Reports” list of the top twenty aerospace engineering graduate programs and looked at almost all of the websites for more information. It turns out that two of these programs are at UCLA and USC – both located in Los Angeles. I am going to have to take some time to go and visit these schools since I am so close to them this summer. USC has a program in propulsions that I am very interested in. The program that looks most exciting is at MIT, the best aerospace graduate program as ranked by US News, but I am pretty sure I couldn’t get admitted there. I wish my GPA was a little better. I also have to take the GRE pretty soon and I am not a top performer on standardized tests. As with the travel issue, we’ll have to see what happens.
Here is my list of things I have to do right after work today:
1) Deposit paycheck in the bank
2) Pick up package at the post office
Consider that I get off work at 4:12 PM when the Post Office closes at 5 PM and the bank closes at 6 PM. By the time I get home I will be tired and the box of chocolate covered cherries that Stuart sent me will be the first thing I can find to eat. This week has been riddled with junk food. Starting with the cherries and working toward the doughnuts Jeremy and I had to get for our department this morning I have been a total pig. I did make it to all three aerobics classes this week but the fact that I put so much junk into my body this week is bothering me. I made the mistake of looking at how many calories there are in a can of pears today. I’ll be buying the “lite” kind next time. Getting all of the bad food items out of my cupboard will be the first step to making me feel better about my eating habits. I think there are still some Pringles around the apartment somewhere. This week I’m not going to the grocery store when I am hungry!
To tell you the truth, my week has been about as boring as it possibly could be. This is the first entry I’ve written since Sunday, not because I have anything to say, but because I have some time on my hands during my lunch break. I’ll try and be more exciting this week, OK?